Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops

Carol Soderlund

An artist and educator for 25+ years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from blending yellow, red, and blue dyes led to the creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student, and also teaches simple methods for reproducing color on cloth. 

A former high school teacher, Carol loves to develop original course material and share this knowledge with her students. Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.  

Carol is co-author of
Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Carol’s web site
  • • June 2-7, 2019 | Explorations in Thickened Dye: Tooling Up

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    Explorations in Thickened Dye: Tooling Up
    • Level: Advanced beginner to advanced (Some experience with Procion MX dye recommended)
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit ($500). If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $975 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)
    Carol Soderlund thickened dye fabric art class
    When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. Using your personal color inspiration, you will develop a palette of color in thickened dye from which to work.

    We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Each tool will be designed to express line or shape, and ultimately the tools will interact with each other to create rhythm, repetition and depth. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks (Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters such as the Silhouette and the Brother as well as by hand.)

    Once made, tools may be used in a direct manner, or as part of a monoprinting process.

    As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools. (Discharging will be done outdoors rather than in the classroom.) Very evocative effects can be achieved as the techniques are layered together.

    Carol will take the mystery out of these wonderful transforming effects. Safety and good studio practices will be emphasized. Some experience with Procion MX dyes is a plus. Supply fee will include many materials for tool-making as well as handouts, dyes and auxiliaries, and tools for classroom use.
    Carol Soderlund thickened dye fabric art class
    Carol Soderlund thickened dye fabric art class

    (Please label your own supplies)

    • Pfd cotton - 5 yards suggested. Some students work very fast and may want more. Others are more deliberate and this will be sufficient.
    • Silk organza - optional, but very fun to print layered with cotton. Bring 1 yard to try it.
    • Dye dogs - optional.These are pieces that you have dyed or printed in the past that needs another layer, or a radical change!

    Basic class supplies:
    • Notebook or sketchbook, plus a pen for writing
    • 20 page protectors and a slim binder
    • Camera
    • Pens for drawing: Sharpie or Pitt pens of differing widths from fine to bold
    • Pencil and eraser (though 2B lead is fine, bring 3B if you have it)
    • Masking tape and transparent tape
    • Small size paper scissors
    • Small cutting mat ( at least 10” on a side suggested)
    • X-acto knife
    • Ziploc bags, 1 gallon size - bring a box, as these are handy for many things

    Printing supplies:
    • Plastic spoons - 15 to 20
    • One set of teaspoons and tablespoons for use in dye
    • A couple of old door keys or expired gift cards (Carol will have extras)
    • 2-3 large cottage cheese containers for water at your table
    • Rubber brayer - hard or soft, 4” or 6.” There are many brayers out there, and you will develop preferences. If you have not already developed a favorite, this is a good basic one to start with:
    • High density foam roller - These are found in the painting department of the hardware stores, for painting window trim.
    • 1 paintbrush, round or square tipped, size 2 through 10 will work
    • 1 yard of craft felt to pad your printing table. An old bath or beach towel can be used if it doesn’t have a jacquard woven pattern
    • 2 buckets, 3 or 5 gallon size will work (if you are driving. We will share with those who fly in.)
    • 1 plastic painting drop cloth to cover work for batching

    Optional Items for printing:
    • Low relief (flat) objects for textures such as textured placemats, drain mats, doilies, etc.
    • Gelli™ plate-optional, if you have one - Carol will have a couple of these for classroom use. As they are a bit pricy, you will be able to discover if this is a tool you want to buy. If you already have one, Carol will show you how to use it with dye. The dye will not stain your plate.
    • Thermofax screens - optional. Bring your favorites if you already have a collection. Carol will have many for classroom use.
    • Stencils - optional, if you have some. Carol will have many for classroom use, and will show you how to cut your own as well.

    Discharge supplies:
    Respirator - optional, for those who wish to do discharge work. Affectionately known as the Darth Vader mask, this hardware store item will keep all bad fumes away. Bring one with cartridges for Organic Vapors and Acid Gas. This is the mask Carol uses:

    Bring your inspiration and come ready to play! To that end, start collecting colors that inspire you. Toss the ads, postcards, and snapshots in a folder to bring. Also collect design inspiration for marks, motifs, textures, and shapes that you love. Or bring your sketchbook or collage studies you have done.You may use some of these ideas as you build your printing tools. See Carol’s Pinterest board for a few ideas:

    Materials fee:
    The fee supplies each student with a kit of hard to source materials including consumables such as fabric, stamp and stencil making materials, etc. In addition, Carol will provide dyes and auxiliaries, paints, discharge chemicals, many tools for classroom use including Thermofax screens, stencils, masks, and Gelli™ plates.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol
  • • June 9-14, 2019 | Layers upon Layers

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    Layers upon Layers
    • Level: Advanced beginner to advanced (Some experience with Procion MX dye recommended)
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

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    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $975 | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)
    Carol Soderlund thickened dye class
    Distressed surfaces are endlessly fascinating to artists. Weathered doorways,crumbling walls, eroding hillsides, peeling paint, and rusted metal grab our attention as they partially reveal and partially conceal. These surfaces speak of time and of process.They open the door to our inner thoughts and invite us in.....

    In this class we will develop experimental approaches to the layering of color and visual texture on cloth. We will use natural fibers, primarily cotton and silk, both opaque and sheer. We will build layers on the cloth, considering the effects of :
    • layering translucent dye and opaque paint layering value and hue
    • layering textures in low water immersion
    • layering textures created by resists
    • layering stitch and patch

    To develop the vision, we will brush and screen, mask, spray, and monoprint onto white pfd OR onto previously dyed, patched, and stitched cloth, using any or all of the
    • Procion MX fiber reactive dyes
    • soy wax and corn dextrin as water-soluble resists
    • blank silk screens
    • thermofax screens
    • acrylic-based paints and mediums
    • discharge paste (optional)

    There will be a small amount of preparatory work in advance of the class. Carol will email participants about six weeks ahead of class. Supply fee includes a wide array of media (dyes, paints, wax, dextrin, and auxiliaries), handouts, and tools for classroom use.
    Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing classes
    Crow Timber Frame Barn fabric dyeing classes
    (Please label your own supplies)

    • PFD is cotton that is Prepared For Dyeing, that is, it has no fabric finishes, sizing, etc. that can prevent dye uptake. Unfortunately these fabric finishes can rarely be completely removed by prewashing, so dyeing ordinary white cloth will not give nearly as good results as dyeing pfd.
    Places to order:

    Bring your choice of pfd cotton, silk, linen, or rayon - or a combination of all of these - a minimum 5 yards. Sheer silk organza (one yard or more, if you like) will be useful for layering experiments. Carol will have some available for purchase. Some people love scrim and cheesecloth, too. Also bring 2-3 yards washed muslin or extra pfd to use as an under-cloth when printing.

    Previously dyed fabrics (optional): If you have dyed cloth previously. bring some “dogs” - hand-dyes that you would like to change radically by overdyeing or overprinting.

    Other supplies:
    From around the house, or the office supply store, or maybe the hardware store
    • Notebook and pen
    • Rotary cutting mat and ruler
    • 20+ sheet protectors for handouts
    • 1” three-ring binder
    • Stapler and staples
    • Sharpie or other
    permanent marker that will write on plastic
    • A handful of strong rubber bands
    • Old clothes or a paint smock to wear
    • Rubber gloves - both the thin nitrile or latex ones from the pharmacy, and the heavier dishwashing kind
    • Old towel or paper towels for cleanups at your table
    • Small pair scissors or snips, seam ripper
    • Scissors to cut paper and plastic
    • 6-10 cups for dye mixing (8-16 oz)
    • 2 cottage cheese-type containers (16 oz)
    • 1 set measuring spoons (tsp, tbsp, etc.) from the dollar store (to be used for dyeing only in future)
    • 12 plastic picnic spoons for stirring
    • 1 box Ziploc Freezer bags, 1 gallon size
    • Stamps, Thermofax screens, stencils, sponges, or other favorite tools (Carol will also bring some for class use)
    • Flat objects for texture: Some ideas include plastic fencing, dish drainers, flat grids, low relief plastic, metal, or rubber objects such as tile spacers, rubber washers, etc. Fill a Ziploc bag with them. If you have no clue about this, don’t worry, because Carol will have lots for student use!
    • Tools for applying wax: empty metal can for making circles, other found objects to dip into wax and stamp with such as cookie cutters, potato mashers, hardware items, etc. Again, Carol will have lots for student use!
    • Two 5 gallon buckets - if you are driving
    • Masking tape in 1” and 2” widths - the ordinary, not BLUE tape!
    • Duct tape (We will use a half roll or less)
    • 1 plastic drop cloth, at least 2 mil in thickness
    • 3-4 brushes: a 2” foam brush and cheap bristle “chip” brushes, 2” and 3” size
    • (Optional) respirator equipped with acid gas or multi-gas filter if you wish to do discharging.
    Carol uses the household filter from Lowe’s:


    If you have one or two silkscreens that are blank, not imaged, bring those.
    If you do not have silkscreens, Carol will order one (or more) for you, and have it shipped in time for our
    workshop. Buying a screen in this manner will allow us to have a discount for a group buy, and free shipping to the workshop. This is not included in the supply fee, but you can pay Carol in class. In previous classes when she has done this, students really liked the convenience and value.
    We will be using a screen such as this one from Dick Blick:

    Materials fee:
    The materials fee includes Procion MX dyes and auxiliaries, fabric paints, soy wax and corn dextrin, many tools for student use, and complete written instructions.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol

  • • 2019 Spring class tuition and Meal plan
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Denise Roberts or Carol Soderlund:
    • $975 | paid in full as soon as possible | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250)

    Tuition & Meal plan for special 2-week classes with Nancy Crow:
    • Both weeks (10-day class) of these special workshops are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $975 x 2 weeks | paid in full as soon as possible | Tuition ($725) & Meal plan ($250) per week

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of Carol Soderlund, student work and classes at the Crow Timber Frame Barn